Episode 15 with Jon Herington (Steely Dan) Podcast

My guest today is Mr. Jon Herington. Currently the guitarist for Steely Dan, Jon has long been one of NYC’s top tier musicians and first call cats. His resume boasts many credits, (including Boz Scaggs, Michael Brecker, Bill Evans, Bette Midler, Madeleine Peyroux and many others,) but the mainstay of his workload is the coveted guitar chair with Steely Dan, a gig he has held since 1999.

As you'll hear, Jon and I have been friends for a while and it was great to catch up and have some laughs. You may say “wow if someone had to go in and sub for Jon those would be some huge shoes to fill” and yes you would be correct 'cause I’ve had to do it!- not just once, but twice. Jon was gracious enough back in 2007 or 2008 (can’t remember) to recommend me for the Boz Scaggs gig while he was out with Steely Dan and then also to Madeleine Peyroux. I kept both those chairs "warm" for a quite a few years while he moved in and out of Steely Dan tours which resulted quite a bit of work for me for 3-4 years. 

In this little hang I ask Jon about his early years, Jack McDuff, what his first break was in NYC, his first solo record- The Complete Rhyming Dictionary, (now retitled "Pulse and Cadence", Broadway gigs, how he landed the gig with Steely Dan, what it’s like to play with those guys and much more. He also shows me his approach to soloing over the quick chord changes to the classic tune Black Friday and we jam on the tune. We also talk about his current Jon Herington Band and his new transcription of chord melodies. Lot’s of nuggets of career advice in this one for you younger musicians!

                               Recorded SoHo NYC, Aug 2017

 

                                                                                           Brent Mason, Shane Theriot, Jon Herington

John's website- http://www.jonherington.com/

4 comments

  • Carl

    Carl

    Great show Shane! I'm a huge fan of Jon's from way back! So cool to hear you guys jam and tell stories! I actually bought that Sadowsky guitar (you guys were talking about) from Jon on ebay. It was just the body and pickups when he sold it to me... I had a luthier make a new neck and bring it back to life...it's killer! It's a tele style body with 3 pickups and a trem bar. Jon used that guitar on the Chroma recording with Bob Berg, Randy B and Dennis Chambers...

    Great show Shane! I'm a huge fan of Jon's from way back! So cool to hear you guys jam and tell stories!
    I actually bought that Sadowsky guitar (you guys were talking about) from Jon on ebay. It was just the body and pickups when he sold it to me... I had a luthier make a new neck and bring it back to life...it's killer! It's a tele style body with 3 pickups and a trem bar. Jon used that guitar on the Chroma recording with Bob Berg, Randy B and Dennis Chambers...

  • Scott Metko

    Scott Metko Nashville

    Shane, good to hear the well-deserve shout-out to brother Dave Northrup! Keep these shows coming. I'm trying to spread the word around Music City...

    Shane, good to hear the well-deserve shout-out to brother Dave Northrup! Keep these shows coming. I'm trying to spread the word around Music City...

  • Jim Kennedy

    Jim Kennedy Strongstown, PA

    I never heard of Riff Raff until today when I saw the interview with Jon on facebook. Jon one of my favorite guitar players. My rig is a sort of modified Jon Herington rig, an ES 339, and three Teles, two with lollar pups. Keep up the great interviews, maybe Robben Ford or Steve Lukather in the future. Thanks again. I'll be listening.

    I never heard of Riff Raff until today when I saw the interview with Jon on facebook. Jon one of my favorite guitar players. My rig is a sort of modified Jon Herington rig, an ES 339, and three Teles, two with lollar pups. Keep up the great interviews, maybe Robben Ford or Steve Lukather in the future. Thanks again. I'll be listening.

  • Chris Hughes

    Chris Hughes Vancouver, Canada

    Hi Shane, I got interested in your work via LFDH and then happened onto these podcast somehow! These are fantastic for both guitar/music nerds and people who enjoy a great story! I consider these episodes an encyclopedia of music and I learn something each time I listen. I really enjoyed the John Leventhal episode as I was a fan of Shaun Colvin when she arrived , loved the guitar driven music , and now I know bit more of "why" . As a 50 year old Canadian aspiring guitar player these players have all shaped my musical tastes whether I know it or not!! I grew up listening to everything for Waylon Jennings to The Clash, Bowie, Judas Priest and now love Americana style of music....... Loved the RATT episode and I'm sure there are a pile of guys our age that are loving these and how all of this is melded together into what we here today. Keep up the great work...... PS ....Do you know Paul Weller.. he'd be an interesting interview !!! Cheers

    Hi Shane,
    I got interested in your work via LFDH and then happened onto these podcast somehow! These are fantastic for both guitar/music nerds and people who enjoy a great story!
    I consider these episodes an encyclopedia of music and I learn something each time I listen. I really enjoyed the John Leventhal episode as I was a fan of Shaun Colvin when she arrived , loved the guitar driven music , and now I know bit more of "why" . As a 50 year old Canadian aspiring guitar player these players have all shaped my musical tastes whether I know it or not!!
    I grew up listening to everything for Waylon Jennings to The Clash, Bowie, Judas Priest and now love Americana style of music....... Loved the RATT episode and I'm sure there are a pile of guys our age that are loving these and how all of this is melded together into what we here today.
    Keep up the great work......
    PS ....Do you know Paul Weller.. he'd be an interesting interview !!!
    Cheers

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